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Pain BC Webinar: Chronic Pain in the Elderly

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September 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Chronic pain is very common in older adults and is often under-recognized and under-treated. Pain often coexists with other geriatric syndromes such as multimorbidity, polypharmacy and falls, and can have a very significant effect on function and quality of life. Treatment of pain in the elderly is complex, as multiple other variables must be considered, including the patient’s cognition, medical issues and medications. This webinar will give practitioners some practical tools to help them in the recognition and treatment of pain in the geriatric population.

What you’ll learn:

  • Review the types of pain and some downstream effects that chronic pain can have on elderly patients and clients.
  • Describe the assessment of pain in cognitively intact and cognitively impaired older adults.
  • Explore geriatric-specific guidelines for treatment of persistent pain and evidence supporting different classes of pain medications in the geriatric population.

Click here to learn more and register.

This webinar is presented as one of the recommendations for action from the 2017 Provincial Pain Summit hosted by Pain BC.

Presenter: Martha Spencer, MD, FRCPC, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Providence Health Care



September 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.